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Introduction, Workshop 2: Against the Flow – Orthodoxy and Heresy

In "Faith like a River," a Tapestry of Faith program

He drew a circle that shut me out —

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But love and I had the wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in. — Edwin Markham, American poet (1852-1940)

This workshop introduces the terms "orthodoxy" and "heresy" and explores how, throughout history, many of our forebears' have defined their faith in reaction to prevailing powers and dominant ways of thinking. Participants learn about times when tension between ideas or groups led one idea to be declared "heresy" in relation to mainstream or orthodox thinking or practices. Finally, participants consider whether contemporary Unitarian Universalism embraces some "orthodoxies" in theology, in values, or in culture.

Before leading this workshop, review the Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters in the program Introduction. Make preparations to accommodate individuals who may be in the group.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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